It’s one of the most common phrases that come up in the hiring process. “I need someone who can hit the ground running.” But what does this really mean? Someone who has done similar work before? Someone who learns quickly?


If you’re looking for a new hire who can “hit the ground running”, oftentimes it means you’re searching for someone who can quickly become a successful addition to your business. What you really want is person who is adaptable, flexible in their thinking, open to change and thrives on new challenges.

But how can you possibly glean all that from a resume?


While it’s hard to go beyond a gut feel from looking at a resume, there are ways to measure if someone will be able to “hit the ground running” based on certain personality traits.